SHELBY – Starting Thursday, Jan. 2, the N.C. Department of Transportation will begin replacing a bridge on 33rd Street Southwest over U.S. 70 in Hickory. The $1.4-million bridge replacement project should take about six months to complete. The new structure will accommodate heavier vehicles and include a pedestrian friendly, 5-foot sidewalk.
Thirty-Third Street Southwest will be closed to traffic beginning Thursday, Jan. 2, while the original structure, built in 1942, is torn down. That process should take about a week.
While crews replace the bridge and build the new structure, temporary lane closures will be in place along a 1,400-foot portion of U.S. 70. On Sunday, Jan. 5, traffic will be re-routed to the westbound lanes of U.S. 70 while crews work on the eastbound side of the bridge. About five days later, traffic will be shifted to the eastbound lanes of U.S. 70 while work is completed on the opposite side. Traffic will remain in that pattern for about a month.
Intermittent lane closures and temporary changes in the traffic pattern along U.S. 70 will continue for the remainder of the bridge construction. To help motorists with these changes, portable message signs will provide information on lane closures. The NCDOT encourages travelers in the area to stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
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